The Buick Y Job, The First Concept Car

A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit the limted access GM Heritage Collection in Sterling Heights Michigan as a Birthday present.

Trip post here

A recent edition of Jay Leno’s Garage featuring the Buick Y Job reminded of how lucky it was to have been up close to this ground breaking car.

The Buick Y-Job was the auto industry’s first concept car, produced by Buick in 1938. Designed by Harley J. Earl, the car had power-operated hidden headlamps, a “gunsight” hood ornament, electric windows, wraparound bumpers, flush door handles, and prefigured styling cues used by Buick until the 1950s and the vertical waterfall grille design still used by Buick today. It used a Buick Super chassis, indicated by the word “Super” located above the rear license plate. (read the full article here at Wikipedia)

The Y Job is one of the few cars that I have on display at home.

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Janesville, once GM’s oldest operating plant, to be demolished a year short of its centennial

Another historic GM plant is to be reduced to rubble, in this case it’s the Janesville Wisconsin plant one year short of its 100th anniversary.

Read about the history of the plans in the article from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings here

It would be interesting  to try and guess the year this photo was taken based on the gentleman’s attire?

 

GM says it’s mass-producing cars without steering wheels

Article from Aurora Biz

The company says it has filed a petition with the federal government seeking permission to put the vehicles on the road sometime next year with no human backup drivers.

DETROIT | General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals.

The company says it has filed a petition with the federal government seeking permission to put the vehicles on the road sometime next year with no human backup drivers.

Read the rest of the article here

Sources Associated Press & Aurora Sentinel

100 Years Of Chevy Trucks, GM Celebrate The Centennial With The Old And The New

Chevrolet are celebrating 100 years of the Chevy Pickup Truck, by producing a Centennial Edition on the Colorado and Silverado platforms

Model year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first production Chevrolet truck. A century and more than 85 million trucks later, Chevrolet has become one of the most recognizable brands in the world. To celebrate the Chevy Trucks Centennial, the brand is honoring the owners who have made Chevy Trucks a part of their lives for the past century with a 100-day celebration featuring two new Special Edition trucks, the national rollout of the Truck Legends customer loyalty program and more.

2018 Centennial Edition Silverado alongside a 1972 Chevy C10.

You can find all the details and a look back at the 100 years here and  here

Along with the Centennial Edition Chevrolet also built a special Centennial C10, (below), as part of the celebrations

Chevrolet revealed the 1967 C-10 pickup alongside the 2018 Silverado Centennial Edition and the 2o18 Colorado Centennial Edition at the Texas State Fair. Details are scarce, but we know the throwback pickup truck was  present at the 2017 SEMA Show

Read more: here

The brand simply noted the 1967 C-10 has been customized to feature many of the same elements found on the 2018 Centennial Edition Silverado and Colorado. Like the new trucks, the 1967 C-10 boasts the same “Centennial Blue” exterior color and wears the heritage-inspired bowtie badge. Mechanical bits and other modifications were not discussed at its reveal.

Read more: here
You can also find a really good interview with Rich Downing of GM about the building of the Cenntential C10 by Ronnie Wetch of  C10 Nation on his C10 Talk podcast here
Sources GM, GM Authority, C10 Nation

The Art and Colour of GM from Hemmings Classic Car – Mark J McCourt

The Art and Colour of GM

I think that the future of General Motors will be measured by the attractiveness that we put in the bodies from the standpoint of luxury of appointment, the degree to which they please the eye, both in contour and in color scheme, also the degree to which we are able to make them different from competition.”

 

— Alfred P. Sloan Jr., in a letter to Fisher Body Corporation president William A. Fisher, September 1927

This article from Mark J McCourt at Hemmings Classic Cars tells the story of GM’s approach to the design and attractiveness of vehicles and was the complete antithesis of Henry Ford’s approach.

C10 Nation, Yellowstone and the One That Got Away

I started listening to Ronnie Wetch’s C10 Talk Podcast a while back and it’s very informative and enjoyable.

As a result I looked up Ronnie’s brilliant custom 1973 C20 Cheyenne Super 3+3 crew cab long bed, with the camper installed this thing is enormous!

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1973 C20 Cheyenne Super 3+3 crew cab long bed

There is a great article on the truck here from the RideTech website here

All this stuff reminds me of a few years ago when we were visiting Country Classics in Staunton IL during one of our US visits, as you can see the truck was really nice and the price probably even nicer at $5950! Sadly I didn’t pull the trigger….

As you can also see there was a nice red 78 Silverado at $9350

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GM Heritage Center S10 Pickup Restoration Kit Online Documentation

The excellent GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights Michigan,  (which I have been lucky enough to visit see previous post here), has excellent online documentation to assist with restoration or anything else you’d like to know about your GM product.

Chevy S10 Xtreme

S10 Xtreme

S10 Xtreme New Rims

My Chevy S10

 

Obviously my interest is around the S10 for which the documentation can be found here

GM Vehicle Information Kits

GM Vehicle Information Kits

You can search the whole of the GM vehicle information kit range  here

 

The First Camaro – “The 6-Cylinder Detroit Convention Unveil Car” VIN N100001

If you read my last post about the Norwood assembly plant this will also interest you.

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The First Camaro

This is the story of the first pilot prototype Camaro built at Norwood, even before it was actually named “Camaro” read about the restoration and history of the car here

Also here is a link to a recent episode of Hemming’s Classic Car Radio where you can hear from the owners of the car and Philip Borris the author of the “Echo’s of Norwood” book

Echo’s of Norwood – A Book that goes inside the GM Norwood Assembly Plant Between 1923 – 1987

Echo’s of Norwood – A Book that goes inside the GM Norwood Assembly Plant Between 1923 – 1987

Web site is here and there was also a feature on Hemming’s Motor News Radio here

Echo’s of Norwood

The book that goes inside a General Motors Corporation automotive assembly plant-all the way to the factory floor. Here is the story of Norwood Assembly- from the first car produced in 1923 to the 8 millionth-and the last car off the line in 1987

From the “B” body to the “F” car in never before revealed photographs, production data, and personal recollections, all providing a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the automotive industry during the halcyon era of domestic automotive production